Thais bid farewell to late King ahead of cremation

Thailand Royal Cremation

The Cabinet approved the visit the same day.

Starting 2am on Friday (Oct 6), Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials and volunteers dismantled tents and cleared up the area around Sanam Luang after the last group of people paid respects to the late King in the Grand Palace.

Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko will visit Thailand for two days from October 26 to attend the country's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's funeral ceremony, the Japanese government said Friday.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on October 13 past year, ending seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure in a country that has weathered several coups, political unrests and a region-wide financial crisis.

The Japanese imperial family has traditionally maintained close relations with the Thai royal family.

Mourners paying respects to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Royal Urn has totaled 12,739,531 in the past 337 days, the Bureau of the Royal Household announced on Friday. During the trip, the imperial couple also met his successor King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

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